We received a lot of entries to the Six Word Story Challenge. They were serious, funny, lighthearted and heartbreaking. It was hard to choose five to spotlight on the blog, but here they are:
Matthew Mattingly: "Seventeenth summer. Broadening Outlook. Escape Strategy."
I like the story, which suggests both past and future and a sense of personality. The pen style looks like an old fashioned engraving and fits perfectly with the words.
Kirsten Sander: "After Christmas, our sweets vanished rapidly..."
The artwork has an attractive sense of texture and color, and the story gives a fun twist.
Dougall Irving: "She told him they were edible."
Nice watercolor study, with a story that suggests a variety of possible outcomes. At first I thought she knowingly gave him advice to eat poisonous mushrooms, but then I realized that maybe she gave him trustworthy advice. Thinking back, I have eaten mushrooms that might have been poisonous on the advice of strangers.
Carolyn Allison: "I found it in the fridge."
I've played the role of a parent who searches for a child's lost toy, only to find it in a really strange place. It also made me think of a book like Corduroy, where there might be a whole story of this stuffed dog's adventures.
Casey Graham: "All I can be is me."
Casey's picture gives me the feeling of a young person coming into the awareness of herself as an artist and a person. I love the fact that not only are there just six words, but they're all one syllable, and they add up to just 13 letters.
Thanks to everyone who entered. Check out all the entries at the Facebook page: Six Word Story Challenge.
To the five winners above: Please let me know which art tutorial download you want, and please send me your mailing address so that I can mail you a "Department of Art" embroidered patch. (Thanks to Steve for donating the patches)